You examine the legal regimes applicable to situations of armed conflict, and you develop a comprehensive understanding of:
- the regulation of the conduct of hostilities
- the protection of victims of armed conflict
- the application of international human rights law in the context of armed conflict and acute crisis
- the application of international criminal law and international refugee law in the context of armed conflict and acute crisis
- addressing legal obligations and engagement of non-state actors
You also explore and debate some of the biggest contemporary challenges confronting the humanitarian sector today. This includes cutting-edge issues such as the legal challenges posed by new technologies and cyber warfare, as well as more traditional issues such as the protection of displaced persons during emergency situations.
Our School of Law graduates from International Humanitarian Law course offered by the University of Essex have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.
We are first university in the UK to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). This creates internship and research opportunities for our postgraduate students and is based on our long-established expertise in international humanitarian law.
During the year, we hold a careers session for our students in which we reflect upon our own careers and how they have been built as well as those from former students. We are always available to discuss career options and if you are interested in a particular area of human rights, we can link you up with the relevant alumni to offer advice.
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- International Law of Armed Conflict
- Current Challenges in the Law of Armed Conflict
- The Protection of Human Rights in Armed Conflict and Situations of Acute Crisis
- International Human Rights Law: Law and Practice
Human Rights Clinic
- Religion and Human Rights
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesEuropean Law International Law Master of Laws (LLM) View 58 other Masters in European Law in United Kingdom
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- A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a Social Science, Law or any Humanities subject.
- While prior academic study or professional experience of law is desirable, it is not a requirement for admission. LLM students who have not previously studied Public International Law will take a one-term module on this topic.
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International19740 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 19740 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9200 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9200 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home/UK fee: £4,600
- International fee: £9,870
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.